The City of Nairobi, Kenya has been under attack for several days now. The consequences of this HORRIFIC attack will be long lasting. The emotions and grief over the sting of death and terror of ever returning back to a MALL (in which we consider a safe place to shop), will forever be changed and life as these amazingly strong individuals know it will forever be different. The challenges faced in the moment will continue for years to come.
There are stories and photos pounding the web and not one photographer or writer is holding back on the REALITIES of this horrible story. BRAVO to them all for engaging the world into this world so we can all not only PRAY but we can SHARE in the GRIEF and help in any way possible.
There are two brilliant writers with Huffington Post, Jason Straziuso and Tom Odula,who have captured the Nairobi Kenya Mall Attack in words that express the tragedy and horrific event ...
NAIROBI, Kenyan officials said security forces controlled nearly all of an upscale mall on Monday, two days after it was seized by members of a Somali terrorist group who invaded with guns blazing, killing at least 62 people.
Four thunderous explosions reverberated through a Nairobi neighborhood in the morning, raising fears for the lives of any remaining hostages still being held by al-Shabab, a Somali armed Islamic group linked with al-Qaida, in the Westgate Mall.
Three attackers had been killed in the fighting Monday, officials said, and more than 10 suspects arrested. Eleven Kenyan soldiers were wounded in the running gun battles. By evening, Kenyan security officials were claiming the upper hand.
"Taken control of all the floors. We're not here to feed the attackers with pastries but to finish and punish them," Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo said on Twitter.
Kenya's interior minister said the evacuation of hostages "has gone very, very well" and that Kenyan officials are "very certain" that there are few if any hostages left in the building.
Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku also revised the death toll to 62. Kenyan officials earlier said 59 people have died since the siege on Westgate Mall began on Saturday, while the Red Cross had put the toll at 68, then in a tweet lowered it to 62, saying some bodies had been counted twice.
Dark plumes of smoke rose from the mall for more than an hour after four large explosions rocked the upscale Westlands neighborhood. A person with knowledge of the rescue operation told The Associated Press that the smoke was rising up and out of a large skylight inside the mall's main department and grocery store, Nakumatt, where goods like mattresses may have been lit on fire.
To read further on this story, click on this link "Kenya Mall Attack: Authorities Say They Control Most Of Complex" http://huff.to/1gT6bvt via @HuffPostWorld
PRAYERS are given to those in NAIROBI, KENYA. Our hearts are broken for those directly affected and our minds are struggling with anger over this horrific act that is completely unnecessary.